Posted: 06.03.2024 10:12:00

Finnish Ministry of the Interior proposes to reduce payments to refugees who fled the country to save money

The Finnish Ministry of the Interior has proposed to cut social benefits for refugees who have left the country, TASS reports

Legislative proposals are being made to the Act on the Reception of Persons Applying for International Protection, and the deadline for submitting comments on the proposal is March 13th.

"The proposal suggests that the amount of reception allowance and spending allowance granted to applicants for international protection, beneficiaries of temporary protection and victims of human trafficking with no municipality of residence be reduced," the Finnish Ministry of the Interior said in a press release.

It is noted that these measures will save 13m Euros in 2024 and 8m Euros in 2025.

In January, data was released that more than 120 people of the 1,323 asylum seekers who had arrived in Finland across the border with Russia were missing in refugee reception centres. According to the authorities, these people had left Finland for other EU countries.